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Health Office Update: November 10

Dear TA Families,

This health update comes as the holidays approach. Governor Scott reminds us to continue to be careful indoors, wear masks at indoor gatherings, and strongly consider small groups for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We continue to see high numbers of new Covid cases with our Vermont hospital systems being taxed. So, let’s remember to gather thoughtfully and thankfully over these upcoming weeks.

We are fortunate to be in school, learning, participating with academics, music and sports. The Covid virus is not going away any time soon, and we are all getting used to living with it. Here are some important reminders and updates related to keeping your student, your family, and our school community safe and healthy during these times.

Thank you for the strong participation in the weekly surveillance testing. We completed our sixth week of testing with over 150 students and staff participating, and had another round of zero positive results. Students can still register for this program with parent permission:

Friendly reminders:

  • If your child is vaccinated against Covid and they have an exposure to a person with Covid, they can be in school as long as they are NOT sick. They then have a Covid PCR test 3-5 days after exposure.
  • We will continue to host weekly Covid PCR testing on Tuesday mornings for the foreseeable future. Testing takes place in the library learning lab between 7:45-10:00 a.m.
  • Related to Tuesday surveillance testing: 1) The testing takes place in the learning lab off of the library. Students new to the process might not know where to go – they should report to the library. 2) The Tuesday test can be used for a school clearance test, for those needing to go through that step, if you arrange with Nurse Ellen ahead of time.
  • A reminder to tell us about your child’s symptoms on days when you call them out sick.

As always, please be in touch with Nurse Ellen about any questions or concerns, [email protected].

Ellen Gnaedinger, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Thetford Academy School Nurse



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